This is the first book I've read by Warren and I thought it was great. I found out (after I read this book), that it is #6 in the series,, but I had no problem following along or knowing what was happening. Warren did a great job at filling in background info from previous books, but she gave away just enough that I feel like I could still go back and read the first five books. It was well-written with enough suspense to make me not want to put it down. It is a Christian book, but it doesn't come off too strong and is woven throughout the entire book beautifully. A great book that I would recommend to others.
This book has a premise that is new to me, and fascinating. It follows a woman in the Witness Security program, the changes she endures, her struggles, and her concern for her family. It starts with scenes that bring up questions, then leads into deep character development and surprising answers. I recommend you get the tissues ready. It seemed to go faster as I got further into the story. There is more suspense than romance, but the romance is sweet. I came to like Tucker more and more, not to mention Annalise and Nathan.
Annalise Decker is a perfect little wife and mother with a HUGE secret. No one in the little town of Deep Haven knows that she was once Deirdre O'Reilly and that she is hiding from a dangerous criminal. Life seems great for her until her witness protection agent shows up in town. That is when her perfect little life unravels. Of course, there's no such thing as a perfect life as we see through the story. It seems that everyone in the family has their own secret, as well. While I enjoyed the story, I had trouble relating to Annalise. She was a little too "together". It seemed as though she never made a mistake until her secret came out. I'm sorry but no one is that perfect. No one makes everything from scratch, attends every single event in which their children are participating, volunteers in so many places, and attends all the functions required of the wife of a man running for mayor. It's just not possible. Because of that, I had trouble with Annalise. I can see her wanting everyone to think she was perfect and there is nothing wrong with wanting to do all those things for your family and other. It just didn't seem realistic.
You Don't Know Me is a book about a woman with a dark past. Annalise is a wife and mother living in Deep Haven. She has a good family, a loving husband, and all appears to be going well until a man named Frank shows up with some bad news. Annalise used to be Diedra, a girl who testified against an evil man: Garcia. Garcia went to jail and Diedra went into witness protection as Annalise. Frank was her agent and after 20 years he shows up in Deep Haven to tell her that Garcia was out of jail and had skipped parole. To make matters worse, Garcia had killed Annalise's boyfriend, who also was in witness protection and coming for her next. Annalise had to face her past and tell her husband and mother-in-law her secret and trust God to keep her and her family safe. You Don't Know Me was an interesting read with charming characters and some twists and turns. More importantly, though, it tells a story of God's love, mercy, and forgiveness despite what we have done in our past. This is a good book that reminds each of us that if we turn to God, He will fix the broken places and bring about new life.
Through the story of Annalise, we get a glimpse of how difficult it must be to leave your past behind when entering the Witness Protection Program. Not only are all material possessions and job history relinquished, but family ties are severed forever. As a teenager, she goes into hiding from the gangster who beat her and left her for dead after she testified against him. She will no longer be able to connect with anyone who loves her, to seek their comfort , or to beg their forgiveness for her poor choices. Of course, this pain is matched by that of those who must now consider her dead. It is heartbreaking to read her mother's lament when she must say goodbye forever to her troubled daughter, knowing that she will never again be able to touch her, to see her get married, or to experience the joy of any future grandchildren.
As the story opens, Annalise has lived in protective custody for twenty years and reinvented herself in her new home. She has a husband and three children who do not know anything about her past. Her new identity means living a series of lies and being in constant fear that a slip of the tongue or a photo in the newspaper will be all the bad guys need to locate her. She feels fairly happy and content with her life, but the secrets she is keeping from her family take their toll. The sage advice that secrets are like a cancer in a marriage is repeated several times, and it is apparent that the lack of honesty is hurting all of their relationships.
The author has managed to create characters about whom the reader cares and empathizes. We find the children, her husband and her mother-in-law all struggling alone with issues that reveal their very human weaknesses and result in their own secrets and deceptions. Each is looking for something to provide a sense of self-worth and belonging, and we hurt and worry with them. They each in their own way have to come to understand the message of Psalm 103---God knows everything about us and loves us anyway. Period.
Then, once we have been immersed in the lives of this family and its dynamics, the author turns everything upside down. A crisis arises to shake everyone up, to confront them with unimaginable choices, and carries us with heart-pounding suspense through the second half of the book . This is Christian suspense at its best- touching and exciting with a great ending.